Strokes can severely impact a person's ability to function, and watching a loved one suffer is a very difficult situation. This is especially true if this person is in an isolated area or located far from you. Thankfully, teleneurology can be used as a way of managing their stroke problems.

Understanding Teleneurology

Teleneurology is a branch of treatment that uses long-distance teleconferencing techniques to help manage and treat symptoms of various diseases. It has been created as a way of offering people in rural areas or those who live in isolated and hard-to-reach areas access to the kind of medical care and treatment that they deserve.

What is interesting is that this treatment style has been used for decades as a way of helping stroke patients get treatment. This might seem surprising, but there have actually been a number of initiatives designed to make teleneurology more appropriate for those who have suffered from a stroke.

Specialized Programs Have Been Developed For Strokes

To help treat strokes and the problems associated with them, programs such as telestroke have been created. Programs like these are designed to help stroke patients get higher levels of treatment, including various levels of speech and movement-based therapies. It has also been used as a way to spot early warning signs of repeat strokes.

In fact, studies associated with this program have found that people who receive telestroke treatment in rural settings often recover at a higher rate than those who do not receive this level of treatment. This is a great benefit for your loved one who may feel isolated and locked away at their rural home.

How It Can Help With Stroke Victims

Beyond its use as a helpful diagnostic tool (where it had a success rate of 75 percent in rural settings) teleneurology can be used to treat day-to-day symptoms of strokes. For example, a doctor located several hundred miles away from your loved one could use teleneurology to meet with your loved one and help them through various treatment methods.

They could then assess their progress and report it to you in a timely fashion. This is especially true if you use a doctor who is near you and who may know your loved one from previous treatments. Having someone so close who can communicate with your isolated loved one is perhaps the biggest benefit of teleneurlogy. It can keep you in the loop of their treatment and help you make important treatment decisions.